Real move up to third with Leganes win

- Agence France-Presse, MADRID

Feb 23, 2018-

Cristiano Ronaldo was rested as Real Madrid came from behind to win 3-1 at Leganes on Wednesday and move back up to third place in the Spanish League.

Unai Bustinza had put Leganes in front at Butarque, raising hopes that the home side could record another famous victory just weeks after they ousted Real from the Copa del Rey. However, the reigning European champions turned this Madrid derby around before half-time with Lucas Vazquez and Casemiro both on target. Sergio Ramos sealed the win with a late penalty, and Real have now taken 16 points from the last 18 available in La Liga.

“It’s another win, the fourth in a row and it’s important to get the points,” said Real coach Zinedine Zidane. “We’re happy, we’re third in the table and that’s an important result for us. We want to continue like this, we have had hard times so we want to take advantage of this good spell. We are confident, we believe more and each player is giving more on the field.”

They are still a massive 14 points adrift of unbeaten league leaders Barcelona, but they are up to third above Valencia and within seven points of city rivals Atletico, who are second. With the games piling up for his team, Zidane rested Ronaldo for this rescheduled fixture, initially postponed in December due to Real’s involvement in the Club World Cup. With Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and Marcelo injured and in a race against time to be fit for the Champions League last 16, second leg against Paris Saint-Germain in a fortnight, it was another chance for some of Real’s fringe players to shine.

Published: 23-02-2018 09:48

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